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The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, we provide our students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.


Courses on East Asia have been offered regularly at the University of Alberta since 1961, making our programme one of the oldest in Western Canada. East-Asia-related courses at the University of Alberta were originally offered within the Department of History and Classics, but in response to the increasing demand for courses on East Asia an independent Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures was formed in 1981. Renamed the Department of East Asian Studies in 1994 to reflect the expanded range of topics covered in its courses, the department has continued to grow steadily and now boasts record enrolments in its language and culture courses. Read more


  1. Japanese Placement Exams For Spring 2014

    Dates for Japanese Language Screening have been confirmed for students interested in taking Japanese language classes in the Spring/Summer 2014 terms.

  2. Taiwan Documentary Film Night

    Join us on March 27 (Thursday) at 5:00pm in CCIS L1-140 for: Go Grandriders 不老騎士; The Right Thing 廣場 Please click on the title above for further information.

  3. Revisiting Japan: Traditionalism, China, and the Artistic Envisioning Modern Japan

    Spend 2 weeks in Japan this summer ($750 TRAVEL AWARD), earning UofA credits towards your degree while studying (in English) at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto! Application Deadline Monday, March 3, 2014.

  4. Chinese Language Screening Sessions

    For students interested in taking Chinese language courses in Spring or Summer sessions of 2014 or the Fall/Winter of 2014/15, new screening sessions have been confirmed. They will all be held in Pembina Hall, Room 3-20. Please click on title for a complete list of dates and times.

  5. 2015 Winter Semester in Taiwan

    Please click on the above title to find out about spending an exciting semester in Taiwan. -Earn up to 9 transfer credits -Language instruction at ALL LEVELS -Experience cosmopolitan Taipei!

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